100th Eurofighter Typhoon deliveredPublished: Sat February 2nd, 2013 via: Royal Air Force (UK)
The RAF’s most recently formed Squadron has taken delivery of the latest state-of-the-art Typhoon jet.
The unit, No 1 (Fighter) Squadron which was reformed just four months ago at RAF Leuchars in Scotland, is now home to the 100th Typhoon to enter service.
Officer Commanding 1(F) Sqn, Wing Commander Mark Flewin, said; “There can be no better example of the strides we are taking with regard to growing the Typhoon Force than the stand-up of 1(F) Sqn – we re-formed as a Typhoon Unit in September last year – and it is fantastic to have taken delivery of this brand new, milestone aircraft.”
The RAF continues to move towards a combined fleet of Typhoon and Joint Strike Fighter, two of the world’s most modern and capable multi-role combat aircraft. The Joint Strike Fighter is a fifth-generation stealth aircraft which will represent a step-change in the UK’s combat air capability. Typhoon is already delivering Air Defence for the UK and the Falkland Islands, and its ground attack capabilities were instrumental to allied operations over Libya.
Wing Commander Mark Flewin said: “There is a pleasing correlation for us in operating the RAF’s 100th operational Typhoon on 1(F) Sqn, during this our centenary year, the Squadron having been originally formed back in 1912. The Squadron has already begun autonomous operations, and is supporting the Quick Reaction Alert mission here at Leuchars. I have no doubt that this aircraft will be put to good use in supporting the standing task in addition to a busy exercise programme in 2013.”
The MOD is to spend a total of £18 billion on combat aircraft over the next 10 years which includes continuing investment in Typhoon to bring the latest Tranche 2 & 3 aircraft fully into service. Further investment to develop and further enhance the aircraft’s multi-role and ISTAR surveillance capabilities is a priority for the future.
The latest delivery comes after the MOD signed a £25m contract with Raytheon in December for Paveway IV precision weapons for the RAF.
These weapons are to be carried by Tornados in Afghanistan and will also provide a key capability to be carried by the Typhoon and Lightning II aircraft. The contract will sustain around 450 jobs at Raytheon UK's plants. It will secure 300 highly skilled defence sector jobs in Glenrothes, Scotland, and 150 in Harlow, Essex.
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